Dozens of students at four Montreal universities have just a few more hours to go before they can enjoy their first hot shower and meal inside a warm building in the past week.
Five Days for the Homeless, a fund raising effort to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless, will come to an end at 5PM.
Students from Concordia University, the HEC Montréal, McGill University and ESG-UQAM have been sleeping outside since Monday.
They've experienced overnight lows of close to -20 degrees, strong winds and near 17 centimetres of snow, which fell Wednesday and Thursday.
“It’s hard and it’s cold, but this is what we are here for. We need to remind ourselves and people around us what it means to be homeless, for us it’s five days but for them it’s like this every day,” Elias Lolei, a Concordia student who is participating for the second year, said.
As of Friday morning the Concordia students had raised over $11 000 and were getting by on the kindness of passersby with donations of food and money. Even receiving support from the homeless.
“Every year we get homeless people coming over to talk, because that’s another thing that they don’t do much, they don’t interact with other people, so if they see a group of people open and willing to chat, they just want to talk,” Josh Redler, who co-chairs Concordia’s chapter of Five Days, said.
Five Days for the Homeless is a programme that began in Alberta and went nation-wide in 2008, 26 schools are participating this year.
For more information or to make an online donations visit 5days.ca/montreal.